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The belief that waves of proletarian Scots will carry the nationalists to victory seems far-fetched.
Scottish Yes and the myth of the masses
By Jason Cowley - 18 September 0:29

The belief that waves of proletarian Scots will carry the nationalists to victory seems far-fetched. 

Scotland: What do the final polls suggest?
By Harry Lambert - 17 September 23:01

The pollsters have called the referendum – they all suggest the unionists will triumph tomorrow.

Scottish First Minister could make way for his deputy Nicola Sturgeon if independence is rejected.
Salmond "could step down by November" if Scotland votes No
By George Eaton - 17 September 18:17

Scottish First Minister could make way for his deputy Nicola Sturgeon if independence is rejected. 

If Scotland votes Yes, will it lose its multimillionaires?
By Aoife Moriarty - 17 September 17:13

We all know what David Beckham, Simon Cowell and JK Rowling think about independence, but how the country’s own rich could react remains to be seen.

"Silent no more": Watch Gordon Brown's patriotic and passionate Scotland speech
By Anoosh Chakelian - 17 September 16:53

The former Labour PM's speech was very well-received this afternoon. Watch and read it here.

The onslaught against the Yes side by big business and the Treasury has not had the success many expected.
The Scottish referendum campaign shows Labour shouldn't fear establishment attacks
By George Eaton - 17 September 15:23

The onslaught against the Yes side by big business and the Treasury has not had the success many expected. 

Who are the "Shy No" voters, and what do they mean for the Scottish referendum?
By Ben Page - 17 September 14:44

A look at the polling on the eve of the Scottish referendum, and how so-called silent Nos could affect the result.

Break down bureaucratic barriers to dealing with domestic violence
By Reema Patel - 17 September 14:17

Housing allocations policy needs to recognise, and be flexible enough to accommodate, the difficult circumstances surrounding domestic violence.

In this week’s New Statesman | Scotland: what next?
By New Statesman - 17 September 14:13

A first look at this week’s magazine.

A Yes campaign poster in Balmaha, Scotland. Photo: Getty
The empty cult of Yes: the silent masses in Scotland want to know what we’re really being sold
By Ewan Morrison - 17 September 12:48

People have started to feel that behind the apparent hope offered by the Yes campaign is something more sinister.

Inheriting Scotland: how Scottish teenagers could save the Union
By Danny Bartlett - 17 September 12:40

Alex Salmond's lowering of the voting age to 16 for the Scottish referendum may have backfired on the Yes campaign.

Lessons for the Labour party from the Swedish Social Democrats' victory
By Patrick Diamond - 17 September 12:14

Centre-left parties elsewhere in Europe, particularly Britain, should heed the success of the Social Democrats in Sweden.

Protest against domestic violence. Photo: Getty.
By cutting funding for refuges, we are putting women’s lives at risk
By Maya Oppenheim - 17 September 11:52

Victims of domestic violence are being refused places at women's refuges across the country.

Top 10 Political Songs
By May2015 - 17 September 11:48

In the first of our lists on political art, the New Statesman's critics and our readers select ten thought-provoking songs, dating from 1916 to 1989.

Scottish independence: how inequality is fragmenting our nation
By Duncan Exley - 17 September 10:20

We are now a nation torn apart (soon perhaps literally) by inequality, and the danger is Scotland is merely the beginning

Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling give their final pitches before the Scottish referendum
By Anoosh Chakelian - 17 September 8:54

Tomorrow is the Scottish independence referendum. The Better Together leader and Scotland’s First Minister are making their last pleas.

Scotland would sell itself short by opting for the banality of independence
By David Clark - 17 September 7:53

Scotland, an outward-looking nation with strong internationalist instincts and a clear sense of its moral purpose in the world, can do better than separation.

Democratic mayor hails "a shared vision, and a shared strategy" for tackling inequality.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to address Labour conference
By George Eaton - 16 September 22:00

Democratic mayor hails "a shared vision, and a shared strategy" for tackling inequality. 

Why does the US take rape in prison more seriously than England and Wales?
By Andrew Neilson - 16 September 16:38

Recorded sexual assaults in prison are on the rise, with research suggesting the true extent of the problem is hidden and under-reported.

"He's a f***ing liar": Ed Miliband is mobbed by Yes supporters in Scotland
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 September 16:28

The Labour leader was mobbed in Edinburgh by anti-Union activists today.

A revolution against top-down control will work best if the UK stays together
By Steve Reed and Andrew Burns - 16 September 14:34

The state has tried to control too much from the centre for too long: a No vote in the Scottish referendum should bring about a change in where power lies.

The age of the referendum: why do politicians offer them, and do we trust them?
By Tim Wigmore - 16 September 13:18

What explains the surge in politicians using referendums, and why hasn't the British public embraced them?

The world's largest McDonald's restaurant in Olympic Park. Photo: Getty.
Fast food walkouts: how do US employment rights differ from UK conditions?
By Maya Oppenheim - 16 September 12:55

The recent wave of fast food strikes in the US has shed fresh light on the employment conditions of workers in the UK.

Pro-Union party leaders in last-minute power pledge
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 September 8:30

The leaders of Westminster’s three main parties have signed a pledge to devolve more powers to Scotland.

The most jobless parts of the UK are in Birmingham and Bradford
By Harry Lambert - 15 September 17:48

What is the quality of work across the UK? In most constituencies the average job is quite similar, but at either end daily life is very different.

What is the attitude of Scotland's migrant community towards independence?
By David Graves - 15 September 11:24

Many of Scotland's newest residents feel every bit as Scottish as any born-and-bred Highlander. What's less certain is whether that's how the Highlander sees it.

How would the government and civil service deal with a Scottish Yes vote?
By Emran Mian - 15 September 10:26

The government insists it has done no contingency planning for Scottish independence, so what would the civil service do in the event of a Yes vote?

It is time to recognise the benefits of social housing
By Andrew Rynham - 15 September 9:52

What are the benefits of the social rented sector, and why must current and future governments significantly raise current levels of social housing construction?

Is Britain preparing to step up its response to Islamic State?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 September 8:56

The Foreign Secretary is meeting foreign leaders today to discuss plans to tackle extremist militants in Iraq and Syria.